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CSPAN
Dec 6, 2012 9:00am EST
recession when president obama first took office. let's get that job done. i have another job i want to see us get done as soon as possible, and that's to extend the wind production tax credit. it expires in less than a month. it's been vital for job creation and for our american manufacturing. literally the p.t.c., the production tax credit, has encouraged the creation of tens of thousands of good-paying middle-class jobs, and it's led to millions in capital investment in states like colorado. in fact, 48 states is wind-energy industry presence in those states. and along with the capital investment, what we've seen is the development of thousands of megawatts of clean, renewable wind power. and if we let this p.t.c. expire, the stakes are really, really high. i've come to the floor 24 times to speak to the importance of the p.t.c. and the benefits it provides for families and businesses in every state across the nation. i'm here because the wind p.t.c. is a critical investment in and a down payment toward a clean energy future, a future at risk if we don't act and don't act soon. but i
CSPAN
Dec 4, 2012 5:00pm EST
president obama for his signature? did they move to protect 98% of middle-class families from this tax hike in january? no. no. they decided to hold the middle-class tax cuts passed by the senate hostage in an attempt to push for tax cuts for the folks they care the most about, the top 2% of highest earning households. republicans fighting for millionaires and billionaires is not a new story. in 2001, president george w. bush decided to spend a large portion of the surpluses he inherited from president clinton to cut tax rates. many democrats opposed him then because the tax cuts were unfair, favoring the highest-income americans. to overcome that obstacle, the republicans resorted to a parliamentary technique, budget reconciliation, a maneuver that allowed for passage of their tax cuts but forced them to expire after 2010, at the end of the ten-year budget window. so we scroll forward to 2010. as 2010 ended, president obama and many democrats in congress, including myself, wanted to extend the tax cuts for middle-class families but let rates on income above $200,000 for an individual
CSPAN
Nov 29, 2012 9:00am EST
-and-spend policy remains his goal today. the white house isn't planning to raise taxes to reduce the deficit, raise taxes under their plan to expand government. and that's not -- i don't believe congress will accept such a deal if that's what's going on in the secret negotiations. president obama campaigned on tax increases just on the wealthy, just on raising their rates, just only $800 billion in tax increases. but now the white house is demanding $1.6 trillion in tax increases. don't the american people have a right to see where those taxes fall, who this will impact and how much they are? shouldn't the president lay out his plan? the president of the united states, the only person who represents everybody in the country, will that remain a secret? will it just be revealed to us on the eve of christmas or eve of the new calendar year and we will be asked to vote for it, to ratify it like lemmings, suppose. asrt -- repeatedlys repeatedly asserted they believe in a $2.50 in spending cuts for every $1 in tax hikes, which does not reflect sufficient tax cuts, frankly. i mean, spending
CSPAN
Dec 6, 2012 12:00pm EST
expiring tax provisions and the sequester. and i believe president obama must provide leadership in those efforts. i've seen very little so far. last week i came to the floor to speak about the fiscal cliff and some of the concerns that i continue to have and hear about as i travel to wyoming just about every weekend. just got back from there a few days ago, and people are very concerned about the direction of the country and what may happen to all americans on january 1. last week on the floor i spoke about the president's proposal to raise taxes on people making more than $200,000 a year. in terms of spending next year, that tax increase would pay for just 6.8 days of what washington will spend. so the whole proposal that the president continues to make is basically enough to fund the government for not 52 weeks but one week alone. the tax increases that president obama is now trying to push through will really do almost nothing to reduce our national deficit and nothing to reduce our national debt. the white house and democrats in the senate are focused only on tax hikes while th
CSPAN
Dec 5, 2012 9:00am EST
our side of the aisle. i believe president obama does. and i believe if you look at the tax package that came over from speaker boehner and all of the cuts to medicare -- by the way -- and, madam president, you were a leader in protecting children. there are cuts who child nutrition in there, major cuts. so you have to say why do you have to cut food to poor kids? why do you have to kick people out of medicare? and their answer is, if they were honest, to protect the billionaires and the millionaires, because that's what it's about. we know it. it's a fact in evidence. i've got to say we owe more to the american people. we need to find a way back to the fiscal responsibility and the economic growth that we had when bill clinton was president. i served with five presidents already. it's amazing, in my time in the congress. and i have seen people come together at crisis moments when social security needed to be strengthened, when medicare needed to be strengthened, when we had deficits as far as the eye could see and we would have to resolve it. i have seen all that happen. and i will
CSPAN
Dec 5, 2012 12:00pm EST
. mr. president, if republicans truly cared about keeping taxes low for the middle class, they can do it right now. the senate passed a bill that would extend the tax cuts for 98% of families and 97% of workers. president obama said he'd sign it intaw law. into law. he even showed us the been. all the house has to do is let it come up for a vote, pass it and middle-class families can go into these holidays with the certainty they deserve. mr. president, i want to be very clear about something because some of my republican colleagues seem intent on confusing the issue. republicans don't have to support taxes going up on the rich in order to vote for our bill to keep taxes low on the middle class. let me repeat that. republicans can believe that the bush tax cuts for the rich should be extended, they can remain committed to fighting for that misguided policy, in my opinion, and they can still vote on the portion of the tax cuts we all agree should be extended to the middle class. then middle-class families would win, we would have worked together to extend tax cuts for 98% of workers an
CSPAN
Dec 4, 2012 9:00am EST
proposal may be serious, it's also a nonstarter. they know any agreement that raises taxes on the middle class in order to protect more unnecessary giveaways to the top 2% is doomed from the start. it won't pass. democrats won't agree to it. president obama wouldn't sign such a bill. a understanand the american peot support it. that's in all the polls in the press this morning. the american people are tired of budget-busting giveway is to ths to the wealthiest 2%. the american people want a balanced deal. it must be higher taxes on the richest of the rich. republicans would be wise to keep that in mind as negotiations move forward. we're willing to compromise but we also will not consign the middle class to higher tax bills twill millionaires and billionaires avoid all pain. i've been told that the leader of the democrats in the house will file today a discharge petition asking the speaker to bring the bill to the floor. now, all democratic house members, as far as i know, every one of them will sign this discharge petition. mr. president, we have heard republicans who in the hous
CSPAN
Dec 4, 2012 12:00pm EST
get back to you. >> sec of all, i saw the obama administration put the payroll tax cut back on the table in the proposal. i know that the white house is doing these my# -- my2k hash tags. why not my3k because the payroll is back in it? >> that's a good question. i appreciate the contribution to the communication's thinking. the facts of the matter is we are clear that we believe unemployment insurance has to be extended, and we believe all the precisions expire at the end of the year have to be a part of the conversation and discussion. we are interested in payroll tax cuts being interested in very much part of the discussion. i'm not going to get into the specifics of our negotiations, but, you know, two things. one is we fought very hard. the president fought hard for the payroll tax cut and the payroll tax cut extension. around this time last year, i think i was entertaining similar questions, which is, why cannot the president meet with speaker boehner right now? the deal was done, and american families benefited enormously from it during a time it was important economically, a
CSPAN
Nov 29, 2012 5:00pm EST
obama's chief economic advisor. has written in most circumstances a tax equals increase that equals about 1% of g.d.p. actually lowers g.d.p. by about 3%. harvard economist marty feldstein has written a 1 dollar increase in tax rates costs the economy about 76 cents in growth. there is a global perspective on this, too. other countries have gone through these fiscal problems and they have chosen to cut spending in some cases, raise taxes in other cases. there is a harvard economist, alberto halacena who has studied 17 countries in the developed world, this is over the past 25 years, and he has looked at how they have attempted to reduce their budget deficits. based on i.m.f. data which is international monetary fund, he concluded the tax-based deficit reduction was, in his words, always recessionary, always. by contrast, reducing deficits by cutting spending and enacting pro-growth reforms, including tax reform, actually spurred economic growth, according to his study. i think that's consistent with our own economic history. between 1948 and 1961, a period when the highest income ta
CSPAN
Nov 30, 2012 9:00am EST
middle-class taxes. mr. obama is trying to reach a deal with congress to avoid some of the automatic spending cuts and tax increases that take effect in january. live coverage from hatfield pennsylvania at noon eastern on c-span. >> program began under wraps who was one of the advisors to president franklin roosevelt. to document the conditions under which people were living. this was back when we didn't have television. we had radio, but a lot of places didn't have electricity so they couldn't listen to the radio broadcasts to find out what was going on in other parts of the country. striker, who is an economist from columbia university, he was the head of this project, and in 1939 when kodak introduce color film, they said film to roy stryker to have his photographers try out. see what they could do. kodak was trying to establish a new market, new product and they wanted people who would know how to use it effectively. to try it out and publicize it. >> america of the 1930s and '40s comes to life to the eye of the camera as library of congress curator shares some of the 1600 were p
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